Mysteries and ghosts on an intimate stage

Oliver! by Petersfield School in rehearsal before showing at The New Theatre Royal

Petersfield School is asking: 'Please sir can we have some more?' as it puts on Oliver! at The New Theatre Royal

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After a successful season in 2007 and 2008, studio theatre Stage 2 is returning to the Kings Theatre, Southsea from May 28 until June 2.

Specifically designed on the stage with seating available for an audience of 100, it gives audiences the chance to watch an intimate production and see backstage.

On May 28, Michael Gunton, curator of the Conan Doyle collection, is presenting a talk about the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Following on from this The Adeventures of Sherlock Holmes (PG) will be screened.

Starring Basil Rathbone in the role of Sherlock and Nigel Bruce as his loyal friend Dr Watson, Sherlock trys to stop his arch nemesis from stealing the crown jewels. Tickets cost £4 to £5.

On Tuesday, the Groundlings Theatre Company in Portsea will perform Charlotte’s Web, before performing it at the Groundlings Theatre on June 30 and July 7.

Wilbur is no ordinary farmhouse pig and would do anything to not end up on the dinner table and help arrives from the most unlikely of places – a spider’s web in the corner of the barn. Tickets cost £5 to £8.

On Wednesday and Thursday Born In The Gardens arrives at the theatre.

Set in Bristol 1979, The Iron Lady has just become Prime Minister and the whole of the UK is changing. Written by Peter Nicholas, tickets cost £10 to £12.

The following day (Friday), Portsmouth’s professional theatre company, New Apollo, will perform The Signalman. Written by Charles Dickens, it tells the story of a lonely man who witnesses visions of ghosts at his post by the train tracks.

The performance will be followed by a rehearsed reading of The Indian’s Head by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a question and answer section with the cast.

On Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm, Sherlock Holmes The Death and Life, is being performed by Roger Llewellyn.

Arthur Conan Doyle tires of the intolerably arrogant Sherlock Holmes, and invents arch villain Moriarty to eliminate him. This dangerous scheme, combined with Doyle’s passion for raising the spirits of the dead, has bizarre outcomes. Tickets cost £10 to £12.

For more information about times and tickets contact the Kings Theatre, Southsea on (023) 9282 8282 or go to